Frozen, the hit Disney film musical, is eyeing Broadway for 2017. Disney Theatricals will produce the stage musical, which may be directed by the highly innovative Alex Timbers. The Daily Mail reports that dates are indefinite, but that the new stage musical will include songs from the film as well as new numbers.
Timbers has been a potent force on Broadway. His most recent effort to make it to The Great White way was the 2014 stage musical of the film Rocky, for which he received Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle Award nominations for Best Director. In 2012, he was nominated for a Tony for his direction of the hit show Peter and the Starcatcher, and in 2011 he was nominated for a Tony for his book on Bloody, Bloody Andrew Jackson. He also directed that production. He directed the The Pee-Wee Herman Show on Broadway, which enjoyed a strong run and was extended numerous times.
In a statement, President and Producer of Disney Theatrical Productions Thomas Schumacher announced some creative staffing for Frozen, noting “As has already been announced, Disney Theatrical is working on a stage adaptation of the animated film Frozen. It will come as no surprise that the EGOT-winning Broadway veteran Robert Lopez and the Oscar and Grammy winning Kristen Anderson-Lopez, who wrote the indelible songs for the film, will be working on the show and that Oscar winner Jennifer Lee, co-director and screenwriter of the film, will be working on the book of the stage version. No other staffing or dates have been announced.”
We can expect more on the stage musical Frozen in the future. At this point, the Broadway date remains general with 2017 being the target and no formal announcements regarding casting have been made. Idina Menzel, who sang the popular song “Let It Go” in the film is presently playing the lead in the musical If/Then on Broadway. It’s not known when a decision will be made on who will direct the musical, but Timbers looks to be a strong candidate.